I apologise most strongly here. The most magnificant thing to see here is "The Serpentine Bench" it is amazing - i apologise because my memory card was full so i took no pictures of the bench
If you do visit however or before you go - it is well worth buying the book about the Gaudi Park with lots of colourful photos and info in it - i mean i read he (Gaudi) even employed someone to sit on the bench in different positions to get the most comfortable position - so not only is it a magnificant work of art - but it also has a great practical use. In fact i was not sleeping very well in this Youth Hostel i was staying it - so i did what some other people did and lie on the bench - it was so comfortable and the sun being so warm i fell asleep - lol - oh - the beauties of travelling alone.
I did wake up however before it was dark and trumbled home. NOTE: If you do ever intend doing something like this - it is easier for a man i guess - always ensure that your wallet is in a very tight pocket.
The Serpentine Bench has to be my favourite piece of Gaudi work - and i saw most of his things in Barcelona - so i would urge people not just to visit the Cathedral etc but also to visit the Gaudi Park - maybe it is better that you do not look at any pics of the bench itself - then it will be something even more special when you see it - because you will not know what to expect.
Here are pics of a building at one of the entrances and the Serpentine Walk which is a good piece of art again - but not very colourful - or gay - in the old sense of the word
Here is the famous Gaudi's Fanal (lamp). I don't like it very much but we can always say that Gaudi was still too young (1858) ;-). It is very (too much) elaborated, it has 6 lights and it ends with the God Hermes' helmet and other of his attributes (God Hermes was the patron of shopkeepers). There are two Gaudi's fanals in this square.
Observant visitors will notice that Gaudi also contributed a variety of unique street lamps to the city of Barcelona. These works by their design are among his earliest, commissioned soon after he graduated from architectural school. The street lamps in the Plaza Real, for example, built from 1878-1879, are actually part of the formal porticoed square off the Ramblas. The lamp posts, topped with winged wrought-iron helmets, flank the avenue, contrasting with the geometric pattern of the plaza.
We saw this magnificent building from the top deck of the tourist bus while the traffic lights were on red. It looked to me to have come straight out of a Fairy Tale book. The stunning architectural detail just gleamed in the sunshine. Another masterpiece by Antoni Gaudi whom Barcelona's architecture owes so much to such a talented artist.
The Sagrada Familia is a Gaudi creation that is still being built. It is totally amazing, however good tip is to get one of the audio tours. If you don't it is just like walking around a very busy building site!
I really have never seena nythign like it, a total must see!
While in Barcelona - you CANNOT miss visiting the Sangrada de Familia!
This Church has been under construction since 1882!
Isn't that AMAZING?!?
This is the work of famous architect/artist Antoni Gaudi inspired by Montserrat Mountain. Although far from being complete - What a masterpiece!! Estimates are for another 50 - 100 years to complete.
OK - There is an elevator that takes you up to the TOP! TAKE IT!! It was only 2 Euros when I was there, and it was worth it!!
***** Of course, please be prepared, you must walk down... and it's a long way down very circular stairs. *****
The view from the top is beautiful. A highlight for me was seeing the colorful mosaics up close. From the ground, the towers appear to be solidly colored. However, up close, you'll note that they're not! They are mosaics! What time, effort, care, and attention went into the construction of this building. Very Beautiful. Please enjoy the pictures below.
Inside you may also find of interest a room that describes Gaudi's inspirations for different aspects of the church. There are also numerous original "blueprints" and plans to be viewed in a dark room, as well. FANTASTIC!
I could have spent HOURS here. However, my tour was ready to move along. In fact - they waited about half an hour for me to return to the bus.... :-S Not very good. Yet, I'm glad to have seen everything I saw - it was worth it! (I'd do it again!)
I loved every thing in this city designed by Gaudi, Must are the Sagrada Familia the most amazing and intricate building I have ever seen, It alone was worth the trip. His Casa Mila is also nice especially the surreal roof(see top picture).
Gaudi architecture is what I primarily went to Barcelona for. And I bet you any tourist has seen at least one of his buildings, which are dotted all around the city.
Some Great Gaudi Buildings:
- Sagrada Familia Cathedral;
- Casa Mila;
One of the major attractions of Barcelona is the architecture of Antonio Gaudí (mind that the stress lies on the last syllable of Gaudí).
Antonio Gaudí (1852-1926) was an architect that was born in Reus, close to Barcelona. His most important works can all be found in Barcelona and consist of Parque Güell, Casa Milà, Casa Batlló, Palau Güell and his still unfinished masterpiece "La Sagrada Familia".
Important characteristics of his work are organic natural forms, ceramic tiles, mosaics, cast iron, parabolic arches and strangely shaped chimneys. Next to these things Gaudí was also good at inventing very creative solutions for improving comfort in his buildings, such as ventilation and blinds to keep the sun out.
Gaudí died in a hospital, almost unknown after his was hit by a streetcar in 1926.
Don't miss La Pedrera, Casa Battlo, Palau Guell, Parc Guell and of course Sagrada Familia. You can get a pass that gives you discounts if you go to a bunch of these attractions. It can be purchased next door to the Casa Battlo at Casa Amatller. Both are located on Passeig de Gracia.
In the summer La Pedrera (also known as Casa Mila) has drinks and Jazz on it's unique rooftop!
When you visit Barcelona, you have to visit the house where Gaudi lived. Just take a guided tour through this house and you be surprised about it's beauty.
You will be overwhelmed by the luxury and the grandeur from this house. The guides show you also some hidden spaces and it's worth the visit.
I recommend taking the train which will make all of Gaudi's works accessible with ease. I even found little known,but mentioned in a number of Barcelona guide books, creations like this dragon gate handle off the side of Finca Guell Pavillions. There is a fountain spout in Pedralbes and a couple of masonry gates in ruins in the university, also in Pedralbes.
Certaines Maisons qu'a refait l'architecte Gaudi peuvent se visiter... Sans formidablement beau et aussi très ingénieux pour l'époque... A voir absolument la casa Batllo et la Pédrera....
RQ : se renseigner à l'office du tourisme pour les horaires...
There is another house built by Gaudi in Barcelona, though it isn't known to many tourists, at least I didn't find any there. It's a long ways out of the normal track, and if you don't have a metro pass, I wouldn't advise even thinking about heading out there, it just isn't worth it, as the house was pretty bland.
If you're a fan of architecture, you can't miss all the works of Gaudí. They're impressive!.
Depends of the time of the year, Barcelona has a lot to offer... for example, in june, don't miss the traditional festivity of "Saint Joan", or this year (2002) the 1st of June, when Barcelona celebrate the "year of gaudí", with a spectacular performance in the "Sagrada Familia" with lights, music, laser lights and fireworks (if somebody has the oportunitty to have been in barcelona to watch this live, will be agree with me that it was tremendous and beautiful!)...
And, hte beaches are a good option too!... if you can, try to go to Sitges,(a place near Barcelona... 45 minutes by train or so..). Good warm water... but the worst thing is the weather in barcelona... hot and wet....
And if the day is good.... try to make a picnic in the Parc Guell..... veeery pleasant!